Saturday 16 December 2017

Beauty Boutique lips, liners and motherly love

Trish McEvoy beta hydroxy pads
Trish McEvoy beta hydroxy pads
Armani SS10, Image courtesy of Brown Thomas

Sinead Van Kampen

Lip scrubs, foolproof liquid liner and Mothers' Day beauty treats are all in the mix at the Beauty Boutique - Independent Woman's weekly run down of what to get, what to try and where to go for it.

Nail news

Nails inc have given more then a nod at SS10's pastel trend. The latest editions to their polish family are four sherbet shades including pastel blue (Chalk farm), pink (Birdcage Walk), green (spring mews) and purple (Devonshire Row). This week I got my mitts on spring mews and my spoilt talons were also treated to two coats of birdcage walk. The cloudy pink polish should be perfect if you prefer a more neutrally natural nail. The new shades are available at Nails inc, priced at €16.50 each or bag all four for €32.

Position of the fortnight

It seems I'm the last in the world to know that the cat flick technique isn't actually something involving the bedroom gymnastics of Sting and Trudi Styler. This March will see the launch of MAC's penultimate eyeliner, a liquid pen-style liner which for the most part is fool proof. On occasion I've ended up looking more panda then cat when experimenting with liquid liner but this product was easy to use and once I'd steadied my hand I was pleased with the results. The penultimate eyeliner will be at MAC counters in March and is priced at €19.

Sugar rush

If your looking to combine a craving for sweet things with a beauty fix may I recommend the new lip scrub from Lush. Made from caster sugar and organic jojoba oil the scrub is designed to gently smooth away dead skin using an exfoliant which tastes like bubble-gum. The good news, despite feeling a little like Veruca Salt in Willy Wonker when using it, is that it's pretty decent at doing what it says on the jar and left me with a perfect pucker ready for spring ! Available for €6.75 from Lush.

Hidden gem

Trish McEvoy's new Even Skin range features a bit of a hidden gem. The Beta Hydroxy Pads containing BHA are designed to enhance skin tone, texture and clarity by gently wiping out dead skin cells and maximising cell turnover. BHA works as an exfoliant by penetrating deep into pores to rid the skin of dead cells to make room for new ones. Although pricey, €108 for 40 pads the product should last close to ten months when used weekly. Available from Trish McEvoy at Harvey Nichols.

One for the diary

Those of you in need of some beauty inspiration may wish to pencil Brown Thomas in the diary from March 4th to the 14th. Brown Thomas and BT2 will be hosting their Time for Beauty event. The ten day event will guide customers through some of springs latest trends and will feature live demonstrations from some of the industries finest make-up artists. Demonstrations from Dior. Armani and Laura Mercier are all planned and by way of celebrating Mother’s Day Jo Malone will also be offering complimentary hand and arm massages on March the 13th and 14th. For more informatation or to book an appointment call Brown Thomas on 01 6056666.

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